ADHD at Work

Your Turn: “My best tip for doing a great job at work is…”

From blocking out cubicle distractions to frequent check-ins with the boss, ADDitude readers share their best advice for doing a great job at work.

Taking notes in meetings can help ADHD Adults in their career
Taking notes in meetings can help ADHD Adults in their career

We asked ADDitude readers to finish this sentence: “My best tip for doing a great job at work is…”

Drink a lot of coffee, keep the office door closed when you need to focus on work, and write down assignments and deadlines on a dry-erase board in front of your desk! -J.J., Illinois

Have an office with a door that closes. The most unproductive part of work for me is the distraction of coworkers (and kids, when I work at home). -Leanne, Canada

Noise-blocking headphones. They don’t make me a favorite among my coworkers, but, with my headphones, I am able to get projects done. -Joy, Maine

I create a schedule for the week on Sunday night – Monday do x, Tuesday do y – and follow it, no matter what pops up during the course of the work week. -Lee, Rhode Island

I pull an Ed Koch (an ex-mayor of New York) and ask my boss, “How am I doing?” after I have worked on a project for a couple of hours. That way, I know if I’m on the right track. -Joe, New York

I barricade myself in my little cubby and listen to music on my noise-reducing headphones. When doing mindless, boring work that is hard to make myself do, I play a Netflix movie in the background. My productivity almost doubles when I do the Netflix thing! -Stephen, Georgia

I take a lot of notes in meetings, which keeps my mind occupied instead of “going fishing.” -Walter, Alaska

I use a trick called “venue change.” I never sit in the same place for too long. The moment I feel a little burned out or fatigued with a task, I get up and go to another room or to the lobby or I sit at a different side of my desk. The movement gets the blood flowing, the break allows mental rest, and the new “venue” provides a fresh start. -An ADDitude Reader

I work as a chemotherapy nurse, and the fact that there are a million things going on keeps my mind engaged. My biggest challenge is follow-up. I make checklists for myself and do one final sweep at the end of the workday to make sure the loose ends are tied up. I also do several “gut checks” during the day to make sure my actions are accomplishing my work priorities. -Megan, Washington

I do priority tasks during the most productive time of day, while blocking out the Internet, phone, and routine business. -Michael, Maryland

I repeat back the task my supervisor assigned me, to make sure I’ve understood it correctly. I also ask him to outline the task in an e-mail and to check on my progress in a couple of days. -Kim, Canada